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Date: Mon Jan 14 2002

Comment:Hi Christian, I am so excited I found this site. I am currently in a masters program in social work at the University of Chicago. I have been interested in using adventure education and experiential education in social work. I received my undergrad at SUNY Cortland which sparked my initial interest. I am currently in the process of deciding on my second year field placement. I would like to try to incorporate my interest in both the outdoors and adventure education with social work but I am having a little bit of trouble finding a placement that will fit my interests. Are you aware of any programs in Chicago that might be of interest to me? If you know of any, please let me know. Thanks Jocelyn

Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001
Matt Somsel
Comment:I found your site for the AEE website. I work in a juvenile court system and my boss wants to know more about therapeutic adventure work specifically with court referred youth, at risk youth, and their families. My bosses are a judge and an attorney and are concrete thinkers. Any leads that specifically address my situation? Enjoyed your site and will spend more time there in the future. Matt
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001
Thijs Verhaege
Comment:Great site! I was looking for teambuilding exercises and I started surfing your site, beautiful! Keep up the good work. I suppose you already know the site ? Best Wishes from Belgium Thijs
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001
Tyler Hayden
Comment:Hey Christian I haven't checked out your site in awhile. I sent you my top 101 things to do to improve your debrief sessions some years ago... since then your site has become a MONSTER! It is great. Best of success with your new double diamond program. Yours in Adventure Tyler Hayden Adventure Wave Consultants -
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001
Lever Zhong
Comment:I am a training training manager. Thank you for your wonderful site which give us a lot of help and assistance. It does work!!!
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001
Brenna Cardy
Comment:Thank you for informing me of your web site. You have a ton of really useful information for me and my placement. I was able to get a few ideas and even leave some. I'm looking forward to purusing more. We seem to have a lot of common interests and so I was particularly intrigued by some of the links you provided. I'm looking forward to chatting with you in the future. Thanks Brenna
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2001
Comment:iam a B.E student searching for project in software.please guide me regarding this matter.
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001
Laura Fitch
Comment:Waahhhoooo! Thank you for putting all this together. I have been working in Exp. Ed for 10 years now and am just completing my MSW. I have felt the logical connection but was wondering where it was out there in the field. This is great! I have great faith now that when I graduate I can marry my two passions and find a job that lets me do both. Laura
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2001
Comment:A big thank you for your activity page, I've been looking for something like this for a long time. I work for an organisation that send people oversea and I'm in charge of the "Québec sans frontières" program. It a 2 1/2 month initiation to international cooperation for "young adult" betwin 18 and 30 years old, and I'm in charge of the training before they leave. So your site is gonna help me a lot. I didn't send you anny Ideas for new activities, but I will!! Sorry for my english, I don't us it often enough to wright it perfectly. Eveline
Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001
Kristen R. Faile, school psychologist
Comment:Loved your site. I am looking for ideas for group counseling, found a lot of great info.
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001
Sam Faulkner
Comment:Christian - I ran across your web page. I have the distinct feeling we might have met last spring (CSWE Conference in Dallas). I was interviewing for faculty positions. I accepted a job in eastern Kentucky (Morehead State University). I am very pleased with the choice. I am writing because I am continuing my research into Ropes Courses and the effects of adventure based therapy (particularly as it applies to adolescents). I would love to hear any comments you may have. My dissertation was on low-elements Ropes Courses and their effect on Family Cohesion. I believe this has meaningful implications for foster families. In what areas is your own research heading? Sam Faulkner, Ph.D., MSSW, MS, LCDC Morehead State University
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001
Miguel A.S. Alvarez,MD.
Comment:I am psychiatrist. I am now doing geriatric psych. I found I am missing being active. adventures.etc. I like to sail,Iam a runner. I like exploring. I am from Chile.lots of huge mountains, rivers and the sea. It sound very appealing what you do. I also speak Spanish (obvious) portuguese. Good luck Miguel.
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001
Melissa Kocias
Comment:Hi there! I'm planning some research on the effects of extrinsic tokens (i.e. badges, beads, feathers, etc.) on the intrinsic rewards of camping programs. I'm looking for other studies or resources that might help me out. Any suggestions?
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001
yusef curry
Comment:could you please inform me on internship offers,and how can i apply.
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001
Kuldeep Narotra
Comment:I wanted to send my CV for your kind perusal
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001
Sanjay Khanna
Comment:I wanted to send my Resume for your kind perusal
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001
Rick McClure
Comment:Hello Christian, Thank you for a fascinating page. I found a great deal of information here I've never seen before, that has made me rethink some of my training methods. Regards, Rick McClure Performance Development Consultant and Health & Safety Trainer Nestlé Canada Inc. Toronto, Ontario
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2001
Scott Goldsmith
Comment:Wow! Superb site! I landed here via I am fairly new to the whole ABC scene but very passionate. I have been a school psychologist for 8 years and ABC combines my passions for working with adolescents in counseling and my love for adventure and outdoors! I went through ABC training with PA recently and things seem to be starting to take off for me regarding ABC. Anyway, love the site!
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001
Comment:need some help on creative christian team building games
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001
Vanessa Limpkin
Comment:Dear Christian, Thank you so much for your generous sharing of all those wonderful activities. I haven't had a chance to read through all of them, but those I have read seem very useful and thought-provoking. About me, I'm a facilitator in communication and self-esteem issues, based in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), though I am British. I love my work, and I can't wait to include some of your material in my workshops and seminars! All the best to you. Blessings... Vanessa
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001
David Tipton
Comment:I the director at a boys residential facility in Kentucky. I am often looking for clinical personal to work with my boys. I have E-mailed one person off your list for possible employment. I am very interested in finding a program for sexual offender treatment that can be implemented in our program. If you havwe any informantion let me know thanks Dave
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001
M Burger
Comment:Thank you for an unbelievable site! I have been looking for useful info for a long time and your site if deff. the best.
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001
Deborah Roth
Comment:Hello - welp, I'm impressed with your web site to say the least. I graduated from Brockport with BSW in 93. I can say a lot about your web site - nothing too helpful I'm sure, but I just want to say it is refreshing to find a web site/a person with such an open, passionate, sharing, and intelligent spirit as yours. You sound like a true social worker and an awesome humyn being!
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001
Richard McGraw
Comment:Great Website! I put a game in for your games page (Group Calculation) and I really enjoyed learning more games there. I work as a facilitator foor GA State University and OneWay,, Inc. Go see our website above and keep up the incredible work!
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001
shelley moss
Comment:I would find it extermly nice if you could find me an email address to any weslyen camps particulary riverside camp in blaine . i think this is a good web page thank you for any info you can supply. shelley moss.
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2001
Comment:I am a therapist in training - Graduate school doing my practicum. I am also involved with high school students at church in Los Angeles. Any recommendations for the LA area? Thank you for your time. John
Date: Sun, 27 May 2001
Jessica SImmons
Comment:I thought it is a good page but I have a question for you. Do you know of any schools that offer a major in outdoor education or do you know where I could find a list of those schools? Thanks Jessica anything you could email would be great
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001
Christine Venter
Comment:I think your website is great, it's very user friendly and helped me alot. Im busy with my Honors degree in Recreational Management,focusing on Adventure Therapy. Thanx your website will help me alot!!
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001
Jane Hudson
Comment:Hi there Christian Just a quick word to thank you for your resource pages. Have contributed and made use of them for my own work. I am a South Afdrican Social Worker and Adult Educator. I work in Local Government in Cape Town and am currently involved in an enormous project to transform how Local Government works in Cape Town. I am very interested in corresponding with people going similar stuff in other countries. I am especially interested in any workshops or ocnferences coming up on citizen participation or the management of large consultative processes. Any ideas? Regards Jane Hudson
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001
Efren Sotto (nickname - ping)
Comment:I am a learning facilitator. I'm interested in structured learning events.
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001
Comment:I was really impressed by your website. I'm a recreation therapist intern in Utah and I graduate with my BS in Aug. I'm looking to get my masters in Social Work afterwards. Before graduation I have to do a senior capstone project. I've decided to renovate this old shed where I intern and fill it full of initiative games and different processing approaches for each game (this all contained in a notebook kept in the shed with the game equiptment). DO you have any ideas or link sites that you think will aid me in this project? Thanks for putting so much work into your website. It is very useful and impressive. Thanks, Alisha
Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001
Comment:Good info, I use quite a bit of adventure learning also, at my school with the elementary students for character ed and also with my christian youth group.
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2001
Michelle Perez-Vega
Comment:I was just wondering what Adventure Therapy was all about. I 1st year, 2nd Semester MSW student at the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work. Any information that you could give me on the particulars of this type of Therapy?
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001
Marilyn Ehline
Comment:I have been a Social Worker since 1960. I have had a variety of positions and have taught SW parttime. I love your site. I will take more time than I have today to check it out. Do you know about Wilderness Inquiry? Staff of non-profits get to go on trips for 1/2 price. Trips integrate generations/disabilities/abilities/etc. Add the link if its not there yet. I didn't have time to check. me
Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2001
Deb Piranian
Comment:Hi Christian, Micheal Black mentioned this site, so thought I would check it out. Pretty cool. Sounds like you are doing some very interesting things. Deb
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001
Ed Shore
Comment:Thanks so much for this site. I am able to contact therapists interested in adventure based therapy both in my state (Texas) and locally. One question: when I speak with others about your Website what is the correct way to pronounce your last name? Non one seems to know for sure. Respectfully, Ed
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001
Sara Somers
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001
Dev Pathik
Comment:We have just comleted the design and development of a web site that has relevance for all of us in the field of experiential education. The address is
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001
Bill Rispoli
Comment:Your site looks great. I'm beginning to educate myself on experiential learning for a new partnership with Phil Young's English School ( Brazil. You've done a great job here, congratulations.
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001
Jenny Elliott
Comment:I am a first year student at Sir Sandford College in Lindsay, Ontario. You have put a lot of work into this site and I was kind of inspired by how many people are really interested in bring recreation and the environment together for theraputic reasons. I belive this is a growing feild and I hope it will make room for me when I graduate.
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001
John Nisbet
Comment:Member of AEE, past employee of Eckerd Program. Currently taking a course at Western Carolina that requires to develop a unit study. Not being a tradional education, my unit study is on using challenges and initaitives to teacher problem solving to 7-8 at risk middle schoolers. Are you available online as a resource? John
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001
Faith Evans
Comment:Christian...I stumbled onto your site via Learning Unlimited and am GLAD I's bookmarked among my favorites. Thanks for your good work and sharing all this good info. Warm regards, Faith
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2001
Marcel DaSilva
Comment:I was wondering if you had any strategies for teaching the martial arts to children with mental and emotional problems? Such as ADD, MDD, ADHD, etc. I am new to the adventure based counseling field. Thank you.
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001
Kaye Richards
Comment:HI CHRISTIAN As I visited your home page just thought I would say a quick hello... SO HELLO .. I like your web pages ... inspiration to get my act together for my own .but probably still be juts inspiration rather than reality for a while... perhaps when I finally get these proceedings finished !!!! ANYWAY HAVE A NICE DAY .. kaye
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001
Comment:I am a Masters student at Winona State University in Minnesota. I am looking for exercises/activities to use in a Reminiscing group. My population is 65 and older. I need the exercises for the different stages of a group-Beginning, Working, Transition, and Termination. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001
Michael Kan
Comment:Hi, we met at 16th leadership conference in San Diego. Your website is great. I thought you were one of the instructor in San Diego State U. I found out, just right now, you have completed your doctorate degree. How can you do that? you look so young adn you are a doctor now.
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001
cindy stewart
Comment:it's been great to have a look at what you are producing. i am only just looking at entering this field along with some colleagues, so it's neat to see what others are about. thanks, cindy
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2001
Robert D. Wurm DPhil., LMFT
Comment:Just found you. I am a new member to AEE. I have a private practice as a Marriage and Family therapist in California. More importantly I work for a County Mental Health system and I am attached in a collaborative relationship with the Department of Social Services Child Welfare. I'm in the process of reading everything I can get my hands on trying to articulate my theraputic position to sell this department on developing a continum of experiential opportunities for our clients. I have just completed reading "The Theory of Experiential Education" and your "Exploring the Boundaries of Adventure Therapy International Perspectives". Everything I have read supports what I have experienced as a therapist over the years. I will go through all your links soon. I have a meeting on the 17th. to begin to open the discussion around developing programing that will lead the department in this direction. Question- Do you have any other suggestions concerning articles or information that I could benifit
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2001
Andrew O. McPherson, csw/casac
Comment:I am an outdoorsman living on Galway Lake, NW 45 minutes from Albany,N.Y. I Would like to learn alot more about this work. I believe I have been using (in 30 yrs. of practice) many of the experiences you use, just have not learned the language.
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000
Adri Hewitt
Comment:Hi Christian I'm a fourth year BSW (mature)student at King's College, University of Western Ontario. I'm hoping to do my MSW at the University of Toronto next year. Your webpage is very original and inspiring. I might just consider doing one of your workshops when I have my MSW. I created a closed webcommunity for my graduating class and I will place a link to your page. Regards Adri Hewitt
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2000
John Sleigh
Comment:Great volume of material. Perhaps you would like to link to my page. I will certainly be linking to you as soon as I reconstruct early in the new year.
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000
John A. Newell
Comment:Psycheocracy: The Scientific Selection of Primary Candidates. Form a local political club, then advertise for one hundred or one thousand applicants for the position of candidate. Using rigorous tests, investigation and psychological evaluation select the best applicant for the position.
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000
Paula E. Anderson
Comment:Great web site. Our web site might be a good link for you to post. Thanks, Paula
Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2000
Gregg Dahlen
Comment:I appreciate your work in connecting individuals of similar professional orientation across the country. Food for thought is the nourishment you add to the field. Thanks
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000
Frank White
Comment:I would just like to stay in touch with who and what is going on in challenge initiative programs
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000
Comment:I am a graduate student in Ohio. I am studying social work. I am currently working on a paper for SW Practice on Art Therapy in Social Work Practice. I have been having a hard time finding info that linked the two subjects. your website was quite a relief. It lists some good sites. Thanx life saver! Ms. Banks in Ohio
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000
Jason Malczyk
Comment:This sit is great it is what the Adventure Therapy world needs so that it will become more main stream.
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000
Comment:Your activity page is awesome! The youth group at my church will absolutely love some of these ideas for games/ice breakers! Thank you for the help!!
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000
Janet Dennis
Comment:Very informative!
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2000
Chelsea Summer Kelley
Comment:I am facinated by everything you have created. I can't tell you how many hours I have spent exploring every facet of your webpage. All I can say right now is thank you! When I gradauate from college in August, I am looking forward to sharing the wilderness with others. I am seeking my community and your webpage gives me so much hope... Sincerely, Chelsea
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2000
Liza Oktay
Comment:Hi! I came accross your page while searching for research articles on Outward Bound and it's effects on self-esteem. I have worked for Outward Bound for years and am currently finishing up an MSW program at University of Maryland. This is the field that I am very interested in getting into. If you ever post job listings for this field, I would be very interested! Great web page! Thanks, ---Liza Oktay
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000
christine ferraioli
Comment:I am a senior in college in north carolina. I am a sociology major and I am interested in occupational therapy. I was wondering if you could give me a few pointers on how to go about doing this. I am interested in this field because I am currently working with children who are autistic and would like to stay in this field. If you could help me in any way I would greatly appreciate it.
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000
Comment:Excellent web site! What more is there to say... I'm currently a TR major in upstate NY, my intrest is TR with Outdoor activites (backpacking, white water rafting, ropes courses), if anybody out there wants to send a long some new or more info on TR in the out of doors.... I'd be happy to have it. Thank you!
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000
Viral Trivedi
Comment:I find this site to be very very helpful for getting me the most problematic information regarding indian institue of management studies. I would like to say my thanks to all of u.
Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2000
Jay Ramos
Comment:Your site is a great place to get information! Although we're here on the other side of the globe, we'll be visiting your site often.
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000
Pat Shannon LPC, MHC, NCC
Comment:this is a great site.
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000
Comment:I am a Poudre Wilderness Volunteer, a First Responder, a Wilderness First Responder (WFR pronounced wufur). I saw your sight when I was browsing PWV and thought I'd explore.
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000
Rik Huggard
Comment:This was one of the most informative an linked sites related to ABC that I've come across! I'm certain that we will be in contact.
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2000
Alec Renmant
Comment:It has taken me a long time to find a site like this. I am a psychiatric nurse working with adolescents who have suffered mental health difficulties, who are attempting to get back to school or into the work place. I personally run the Adventure Outings in which we take kids climbing, kayaking, caving etc.. I am always keen to hear from like minded people, and would also like to get contacts of people who can help me train as a Adventure Therapist in NZ
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000
Clair Mealy
Comment:Hey CI: found your site thru rope links. hope that all is well with you. thanks for the link to our site. looking forward to seeing you in november. best, clair
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000
John Bowman, MSW,CSW,ACSW
Comment:I am looking for information to start adventure based counseling in our rural high school for at risk students. Thanks for sharing your information! I am interested in any suggestions you may have. Thanks. John
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2000
Nancy Deshane
Comment:Great site!
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000
Comment:Just looking for info on dual trained adventure therapist. I am actually a nurse and work with adolescents. the unit i worked inran adventure therapy camps as part of the program. Nurses rather than the social workers were always involved. I have just started at a new unit and the same seems to be occureing. However i can not find any research on nurses and adventure therapy. Myself and two nursing collegues are currently being trained in the adventure therapy area. So as i said i am basically on a night shift trying to find info on nurses and adventure therapy. No luck yet.
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000
Comment:Your web site is very helfpul. I'm interested in doing some networking and finding more of this type of work in the INDY - Indiana area. I currently work for the Govt. and they are talking layoffs. Any referrals/connections/networks I can tap? Thanks in advance.
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2000
Kim Jinyoong
Comment:Hi! Glad meet this homepage. I'm student to social worker. I'm want to work together. My interest at school social worker. I'm look forward to yours messages. My email is Thank you.
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2000
James McIntosh
Comment:Very useful = very happy! Keep up the good work.
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000
kathy Schlossmacher
Comment:I am interested in your adventure based therapy. I do not know much about it, but would be interested in its use with natural parents whom have lost their children to fostercare. I am a BA level social worker who is planning on doing an MSW in the next year. I am also a trauma survivor who was interested in adventure therapy but could not find a therapist who was familiar enough with it to discuss it or refer me to someone who did. I would appreciate any info you could send me. I enjoyed your page and will return often. I want to read the abstract of your dissertation and other writings you have posted. Thank you. Kathy
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000
Natalie Long
Comment:Hello Christian, I am stoked to have found your site. I am a graduate from the University of MN-Duluth with a major in Outdoor Education and a minor in Psycholog. I have recently worked with adjudicated youth in a residential court orderd camp. My passion is working with these youth using adventure based activities..and am looking for ways to find possible jobs,,,especially in hawaii where i plan to move to in the fall. If you can help i would greatly appreciate it! thanks natalie
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2000
Gerrit Nothnagel
Comment:Very interesting stuff!
Date: Tue, 04 Jul 2000
Andi Gelsthorpe, MSW
Comment:I work in an alternative school for children with behvaioral disorders and am extremely interested in learning more abouot adventure based therapy. Your web site is great! I feel like I could spend hours printing out the resources available through your links. Thank you! Andi
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000
Dev Pathik
Comment:Hi Christian, My name is Dev Pathik I own and operate the Challenge Course Advisory. We help new and experienced providers reach out and share their services with the world. We are a buisness development service rooted in EE and we are passionate about mission driven growth and marketing systems that reflect the values of empowerment and inquiry. We have helped many clients acheive incredible success without underiming their values. We would like to have a link to your page. We usually describe our selves as providing Marketing and Business Development Serivces to the Experiential Industry and Corporate Training Organizations.
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000
michelle hall
Comment:I am very interested in any and all information that you may be able to provide me regarding training in adventure therapy. Please write or e-mail me at your earliest convenience. Thank you very much. P.O.Box 622 Leonardtown, Md 20650
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000
Jim Martin
Comment:Great site! I am a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Georgia State University, and I recently took an adventure therapy seminar (fabulous). Mu interest is piqued.
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000
William P. Visnius
Comment:I am a Physical education teacher on Long Island. Some of my students are students with special needs and disabilities. I believe in experiencial learning as well. That is why I have recently started a project adventure curriculum in my school district. This program will allow my students with disabilities perform on level ground with regular ed. students as well as promote awareness.
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000
Kim Murphy-Stewart Mr
Comment:I am about to read your page but I am an avid science and philosophy list member having contributed to numerous debates from across the Pacific in far off New Zealand. We are currently going thru the debate in NZ about registration of social workers. I have some pro's and con's on this topic. Have you read Fisher's work Social Work in a Private World which is on the New Social Movement website. It is worth checking out Cheers Kim
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2000
Dottye Pelton
Comment:Found this site while looking for help for my son, 16, drug abuser. Looking for extended care or theraputic wilderness type program, expecially in Texas. Would appreciate any leads. Thanks for your site.
Date: Mon, 22 May 2000
Patty Slaughter
Comment:Great site. Thanks for the terrific links.
Date: Tue, 16 May 2000
Cynthia Lewis Hernandez
Comment:I work with older clients who often need walkers or assistance walking. I am looking for some therapeutic activities that are fun and entertaining but not overly physical. Any suggestions on where to look?
Date: Fri, 12 May 2000
Christina Mendivil
Comment:Hello! I happened here by chance, looking for a treatment program for my 15 year old son (dual diagnosis inpatient program). If you can be of any help, I'd greatly appreciate it. Best regards, Tina (not a mental healthcare professional)
Date: Tue, 09 May 2000
Fritz Runge Adventure Program Coordinator 18th Judicial District Sb94
Comment:I am responsible for developing one of the first state 'in-house' experiential/adventure programs in the u.s. Most youth I'll be initiating growth will come from the legal system within the state. The program will be centered on either eliminating the 'need' of detention for some of them, reducing detention time, and reducing recidivism rates.
Date: Mon, 08 May 2000
christine meredith
Comment:Hi from downunder, what a cool web page! Thanks for the effort involved. I am an Occupational therapist working in mental health and a passion for adventure therapy but limited experience. I am about to head off to ther uk, would you have any contacts over there, cheers heaps
Date: Mon, 01 May 2000
Margaret Grant-Caplan
Comment:Hi Christian I'm an Occuaptional Therapist and Outdoor Instructor, and I run an Adventure Based Program for people who have a diagniosis of a psychatric illness here in NZ. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate being able to access all the exciting and stimulating information you make available not only on your web pages, but I also enjoy following your discussions and dialouge via the Ad Therapy listserv as well. My thought for 2000 'Forever be intrigued'
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000
Mary Malek
Comment:Christian, I just found your site today and am interested in dialoguing with you about the prospects for my future. I'm working as a post-doctoral fellow until July 2001 in Akron, OHIO. I've always wanted to incorporate my love of outdoors and animals with my professional training.
Date: Mon, 01 May 2000
Eric Brosch
Comment:Very nice work. Thank you for putting yourself out and providing such a wealth of info.
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000
Tal Curry
Comment:I am working on my masters degree in social work in Indiana and am excited about the opportunities that are possible in therapeutic adventure programming. I have enjoyed what I have read. I am going to create an independent study within my program of study to expand and faciliate my abilities in team-building, low ropes initiatives, and challenge education programming. I will use your site as a resource. I would love to dialog about your knowledge in these areas.
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2000
Jamie K. Godwin, TRS/CTRS
Comment:I am looking for new and challenging initiatives for Psychiatry patients at a regional hospital in Eastern North Carolina. A majority of the patients that I work with are Adult, Geriatric, and MR/MI populations. I am also in the process of submitting protocols for Group Initiatives on the unit to be used as a reference to future groups and therapists. Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2000
Vishwas Parchure
Comment:Great site! I use it often enough. Thanks to everybody whohas contributed
Date: Mon, 06 Mar 2000
Nicole Dennen
Comment:A great Site! I was interested to find that you are at the University of Denver. I graduated with my MSW from DU in 1994. I would have enjoyed having a proff. with your area of interest. At present I am working at an outpatient Child Psyche dept at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. I run weekly adv theraoy groups for kids and am working on a therapeutic summer sailing program. I am always looking for ways to increase the amount of clinical time I spend doing adv therapy work. Thanks for some great resources. Nicole
Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2000
David S. Harwood
Comment:I lived in Denver 81-89 and worked for Porter Memorial Hosp. as a psychologist (MA lvl). I started working with Outward Bound introducing the DUI population for treatment under the assumption that intensive experience based therapy was better that lengthy sit in a circle and deny therapy. With the data I collected the state changed its attitude regarding this type of short therapy. Unfortunately I never wrote up my results. Anyway, I just stumbled accross your site while doing some research.
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000
Reginald Pugh
Comment:looking for a goo summer camp (christian) summer camp for my teenage son in north carolina . that he can work, learn earn and have fun this summer
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000
Chris Reed
Comment:Welcome discussion on a theoretical and practice base about the use of movement, story-making and myth-enactment and the link with 'adventure' as a term to describe a virtual state in which new scripts can be written and behaviour changed consciously and unconsciously through passage and journey through new threshold of experience and understanding.
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000
Steve Cooper
Comment:Hello, I truly enjoy your web site and all of the links. It is a wonderful resource. I plan on accessing it often. I am interested in the are of adventure based counseling within the domestic violence field. I had trouble accessing the domestic violence link on your home page. (it could be me, I'm new to all of this) Thanks again.
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000
Comment:Hi Christian, I came across your web site as I am researching experiential education companies. I currently work for Dr.Clue Treasure Hunts, which is a teambilding company based in San Francisco that uses a treasure hunt model. [The founder of Dr.Clue also sent you an email.] I was looking at your resume and noticed that we have had a lot of similar experiences! I also went to Cornell (ILR '98), I was/am a parent-teen mediator at the Community Dispure Resolution Center in Ithaca, I volunteered at the Cayuga Nature Center's Project Adventure Program, and I was in COE's Wilderness Reflections Program and participated in many COE classes. I am interested in adventure based teambuilding programs and am learning to become a ropes course facilitator [at the California Berkeley Adventure Program--CAL Adventures]. I am living in Albany [No. Berkeley]. I hope to open my own adventure based teambuilding company/conference center/retreat center/summer camp of sorts within the next 5 to 10 years. Anyway, the web site that you've created is great! Well organized, useful, etc. Take care, sabrina
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000
Dave Blum
Comment:Hello! Recently, while researching teambuilding companies on the Internet, I came across your terrific company. Your programs are quite interesting and impressive! My own teambuilding company, Dr. Clue, which is based in San Francisco, California [] ,specializes in off-site, interactive treasure hunts. Since 1995, we've been offering unique, group experiential-learning >activities that bring corporate groups of varying sizes closer together. As we are both involved in teambuilding, there seems to be a clear synergy between your company and mine. I am attempting to build alliances among like-minded organizations. Would you be interested in exchanging website links? You could add your URL to our web "links" page, and we could place our URL on your "links" section. As you know, the more links we get to our websites, more hits, the more popularity, and the higher we rise in the search engines. Please give me your thoughts on this matter. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Dave Blum

Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000
Norrie Wake
Comment:Excellent page! I found your links very helpful. I enjoy your discussions on the aee list. Sincerely
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000
Cheri Wallace
Comment:Hi Christian, We have met a few times at International Conferences. I am a previous chair of the Awards committee, and have served on the committee for a few years.....I was in New York this past year, and visited with a few minutes at the end of the conference while in the Exhibit Hall, regarding The Union Institute. I am applying for admission there, and I want to teach at a four year Univ. ultimately.....((: I think).....things change with me, often it seems, as my contentment level is even these days, I could DO almost anything and feel some contentment. Ok, not almost anything, BUT, I currently am at MCIWorldCom, as an Experiential trainer of soft skills ......You shared with me a concern about the potential that TUI might not offer me the credentials I seek in my Phd, if I really wanted to teach at the Univ level.....I have done some research and feel fairly confident that I am ok with my decision to attend TUI. Are you familiar with Walden University?? YOUR WEBSITE IS GREAT!
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000
Comment:I just wanted you to know that I was browsing through your WEB page and found it to be very enlighting.. You have great links as well as some wonderful information... Thank you for sharing your Web page.. Estella (also an MSW.. from California)
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000
Comment:I found your article, "Many pathways to becoming an adventure therapist", insightful in assisting me in my career path. Thank you.
Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2000
Jeff Jackson
Comment:We meet at the internation confrience. I have a bachlers degree in social work and want to work on my masters. I have been working wilderness programs for some time. Can you suggest some schools that are familer with adventure therapy
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999
Darren McKinnis
Comment:I am graduating in May with my masters in Social Work, and I am wondering where to look for a job in experiential adventure therapy. I have experience in the outdoors, as well as previous social work experience. Any information would be helpful.
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999
Craig Kerr
Comment:Thanks a lot for your page. I was especially excited about your activity sharing page! Thank you so much. It is easy to get into old habits and it was good to find some new and exciting activities. Thanks again!
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 1999
Comment:Super duper page! This comes from a long time adventure junky looking for a way to get back to the woods. This page is the best thing I could have poosible stumbled over! Thanks Thanks thanks!
Date: Sun, 05 Dec 1999
Scott McCallum
Comment:Christian, Finding this site is like finding a needle in a haystack. I have spent countless hours trying to find something close to your creation. Now that I have found it. I am sure to be back again and again. Keep up the great work. Scott M
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999
Kari Maples
Comment:Christian I'm very happy to have found your web page. I am currently in the Masters of Counseling Program at Central Michigan University and am trying find a way to include adventure therapy in my program. Your site has given me great links and information. Thanks for taking the time to put together such a great site. Have a great day. Kari Maples
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999
Steve Bowles
Comment:Thanks again Christian - your work is appreciated. Indeed you help provide us all with energy. very best wishes steve b
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 1999
Neil Weintraub
Comment:Christian, I very much enjoyed your web page. Sounds like we have much in common. How the heck did you touch base with my mother? Neil
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999
Earl Davis
Comment:Christian, We met a few years ago at AEE conf. I'm in North Carolina on the Cherokee Indian Reservation near the Smokies. I just wanted to drop you a note and say thanks for all the work that goes into your website. I've used it many times. Keep up the good work - Earl
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999
Ben Nevin
Comment:You really have outdone yourself. This is a fantastic resource. I knew when I got into this field seven years ago that adventure therapy(ABC, etc.) is where my heart is. I'm encouraged to see so many others that believe this as well. I'm searching for a few things: one, a way to develop support for our ABC program within my organization(Northern Tier Youth Services), two, a foundation that provides grants for adventure-based projects, and three, ways I can develop my ABC skills(I have gone to PA workshops). I will use your resources in my search, and if you could respond to me personally it would be appreciated. Once again thank-you for everything you are doing for the adventure realm. Sincerely, Ben Nevn
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999
Jackie Weintraub
Comment:Christian, I'm sure you don't remember me but when you a tyke in Forest Hills, I knew you well. My son Neil played with you and Damon almost everyday. Mark and Nina were there also. I've seem your parents since then a few times. I just heard that your father passed away. I'm sorry. I remember him as a warm and loving person. I spoke to your Mom on Sunday. Having a few minutes before work, I looked you up on the web. Wow, I'm impressed. Neil has a web site as well, but not quite the resume. You too do have things in common through. He's an anthropologist in Flagstaff, AZ. You have my email address. I'd love to hear from you. Jackie W.
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999
Jeremy Silcox
Comment:Christian, My field placement coordinator, Jeff Olson, e-mailed you recently and sent me your response. I am very interested in incorporating adventure therapy into my practice in the future. At the moment I'm working on developing an outcome measure for the program that I worked for the last six years, Red Top Meadows in Wilson, WY. I would be interested to know of any literature that pertains to this subject.Thank You, Jeremy
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999
Vandebeek Erik
Comment:Thanks for the links.Nice site and very helpfull for a professional therapist.
Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999
Megan Bjurman
Comment:I have just spent 2 hours reading all i can on the topic of Adventure Therapy! Thank you so much for taking the time to do all of this just so more people can learn about this practice! I am 20 years old and have a desire to serve people while working outdoors! I have a social work major and camping and recreation minor! I have finally found how I can incorporate the 2 together into an awesome career! thanks again, megan
Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999
Chris Phillips
Comment: I never thought one site could be of so much interest and have so much value. There is an unlimited amount of resources and relevant info, keep up the GREAT work. Thanks for the most worthwhile fifteen minutes I have spent on this thing. Chris P.
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1999
Dianne McConkey
Comment:I am currently wandering through the web in search of a master wilderness education/leardership. Do you have any recommentations? Dianne
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999
Sareet Ingber
Comment:Hi! I've seen your name before -- I subscribed to the adventure therapy list serv this summer, on the suggestion of Mandie Long, another student in the counselor education program at the University of Florida whose name you may also have seen pop up on the list serv. I've been trying to learn as much as possible about internships (and also perhaps a summer job) in adventure therapy on my own, since there is no focus on adventure therapy in my counseling program. I just want to say that I've been wandering around your web page for 1/2 an hour or so, and I'll have to come back and spend a lot more time. I really appreciate all the links that you have; they've been very helpful. Do you happen to know of an adventure therapy-oriented hospital called Inner Harbour in Georgia? I received e-mail from an employee there, checked out their website and it doesn't talk much about adventure/wilderness, so I was curious as to whether you knew anything. Thanks again! ~Sareet Ingber :)
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999
Chua Ngan Ching
Comment:Hi Your web sit is very interesting. I am a social worker from Hong Kong.I have organized some adventure training for some at-risk youth with the assistance of adventure instructor. However, I have no knowledge about adventure training or therapy.I would like to know or learn more about it. If you have any relevant reference, you can send the reference list to me. I apprecipate your dedication on this subject, as well your attractive describtion about your personal information. I can imagine you are a very special person. Best wish.
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999
Vishwas Parchure
Comment:I think its a wonderful site. Wish i knew about it earlier. I expect to spend some time on it before i come to the US for the AEE Internationl conference in Oct. Great that you too live there! Would appreciate the opportunity to drop in and talk. Will call u as soon as i get in on the 27th Oct.99. I work for the Outbound Foundation, India, and we work with Corporates, Teachers and young people. We have done a couple of courses with India's street children, and found it a great experience. But i'm not sure how to take it further, because the contact is so short-lived. Can talk further if u like.
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 1999
Gwen Moss
Comment:Thanks to a friend of mine I now have another site to find information to assist me with work. I am a youth worker that has been givien the title of "resource for groups." Do to my experience and MS in Experiential Education the organization that I Work for needs me to assist with group therapy. Thankyou for your work.
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999
Chuck Hooker
Comment:doing research for a class @ GCSU w/Dr. Jude Hirsch, re: frameworks & models of EBTD.
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 1999
Mary Anne Little
Comment:hi, christian: i just wanted to drop you a line because you seem like a really interesting person...inspiring. i am an msw student at west virginia university (originally from ga) and i ran across your web page on my lunch break searching under social work opportunities. i appreciate your time and effort/ content of your site... love to hear from you sometime peace, mary anne
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 1999
Judy taub
Comment:Hey stranger! I was surfing the web, looking for some fun ice breakers for a class I'm teaching and look who I come upon! Sounds like you are doing great things! I was wondering if you were still in the area, but I guess not. Drop me a note when you get the chance. Judy
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 1999
Jennifer Eason,MA,MSW
Comment:Hey Chritian- I was hoping to get some ideas from you for a training I am doing with my staff at adams County Head Start. I am wanting some ice breaker games and team work games. I am planning on doing the "blind square" activity, but am wanting a few other ideas. Help! When are you coming back to Colorado?
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 1999
Laura Robinson
Comment:I am giving a speech at my High school on what I would like to do when I get out of High school. I love to be around kids, and I looking into social work. I need so more info., about the every day life of a social worker and how many years you have to go to school what kind of classes you have to take. If you can help me any, will you please e-mail me! Thank you, Laura Robinson
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999/
Comment:WOW!!! no wonder you don't have a social life! i searched AT trying to find a link to the intern'l conference and boy was i surprised to find DR ADVENTURE (very cute!) this is incredibly impressive- i cannot imagine all the time you've put into this...oh, to be in academia! you the man! let's talk business!
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1999
madhira visweswar
Comment:I am an Outdoor Management Trainer operating in India from New Delhi Your site is excellent and a great resource. Many Thanks VISH
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999
Alberta Roesser
Comment:Hi, Nice home page just wondering if you got my address from the Social work listserv, and have you ordered your tee shirt yet, not that I'm aware of, since I'm taking orders.
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 1
Marie Sullivan
Comment:Hi Christian. Signing your guest book. Your web site is organized well, with lots of links that are useful. I was curious as to what Rogaining is. I clicked on the word in blue, and the info wasn't available. I tried it twice. It's probably just me, but thought I would let you know in case otheres were having the same problem.
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 1999
Brenda Grundeen
Comment:Hi Christian, Your web pages are great. I am on a listserv for the Search Institute's Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth initiative (40 Developmental Assets that kids need to develop into healthy adults) and they were looking for "games" to teach "asset building". I am going to post a note for them to check out your activities page. I just looked at it, and it has some great ideas. Thanks! Brenda
Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999
Bill Harvey
Comment:Thank you for all of this neat stuff.
Date: Tue, 06 Jul 1999
Deborah Oney
Comment:I enjoyed my revisit to your website. Deborah Oney Blood Recall/Withdrawal - Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999
Jerrod Henoch
Comment:WoW! What a great site. You really have gathered an extensive list of links in the field(s). Thank you for sharing all these great resources. Let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help.
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999
Jenny Davis-Berman
Comment:Hi Christian- I was thinking about you and wondering how the new position is going. I hope all is well!!!
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999
Jonathan D. Platson
Comment:I am excited to know that there are social workers out there who can use adventure activities and remain dedicated to the field of social work.
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999
Kristina Doi
Comment:Dr. Itin....I wanted to say that you are an awesome professor!!!! SW Research Methods!! :) I cannot wait to learn more about adventure-based therapy. Rock on!!!!
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999
Andrea Maybon
Comment:Hello Dr.! I keep seeing your name all over the social work web pages and thought I should drop in and see your page. I'm also from Denver and would love to chat sometime. Have a great day! Andrea
Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999
Shauna Murray
Comment:I don't know how I got to your page but I am interested. Will you brefly let me know what it is all about? Thank you Shauna
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999
Janice Boyd
Comment:I thought that your page was a very helpful to people working with childern but i am working on a project deaing with developing self-esteem in young childern i would greatly appreciate if you have any info. on that topic seeing it is not so popular anymore if you could please send it to the e- mail address i have left for you thankyou very much Janice
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999
Val Massimo
Comment:I checked your page after receiving your email re Brockport position. This is GREAT! Even if the job never materializes, Id love to discuss your research (dissertation) and what association there might be between professor types who believe in experiential, non-didactic teaching techniques & a love of hiking, outdoors, etc. I havent seen a sight before that so closely represents my own areas of interest. Thanks, Val
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999
Abby Benedetto
Comment:From someone who is relatively new to this field, your web site is the most friendly and useful that I have found. Thank you so much! As soon as I am able to contribute some worthwhile activities, etc., I will return to add to this fantastic body of resource! Thanks.
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 1999
Holly Smith
Comment:I am an occupational therapy student and very interested in adventure therapy. I just recently stumbled across the idea of adventure therapy and think it is a wonderful concept. If you have any information regarding OT and adventure therapy, I would love to learn more about it. This is a great web site! Thanks, Holly in Virginia
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999  
Melissa Larrivee
Comment:I am VERY excited about the opportunity to connect with other social workers who share an interest in experiential ed./adventure therapy. Thanks so much for helping to make that happen.... Melissa from Maine
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999
Tracy Hans
Comment:Hey Christian, What an impressive site!!! Wow! I don't know why I haven't looked earlier.. I'm deep into e-mail and the discussion list, but not the web as of yet. I think your site (Lon Woodbury's too '') are 'hooking' me.. how valuable. *Wow, I just scrolled down further and saw other's comments... forget 'valuable', 'INvaluable'! Awesome! Tracy
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999
Stu Murphy MSW
Comment:Nice job! This adventure based stuff is really interesting. Glad to make your acquaintance. Stu
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999  
Marie Watkins
Comment:Hi there, I was interested in learning about the chair of the search committee for the Nazareth position so I checked out your website. Sorta felt like Rocky Mountain High and John Denver-may he rest in peace. I am very interested in your adventure-based practice. My spouse and I have often talked about developing a family therapy practice using the out of doors as a way for families to "meet each other" and join with each other in a fun, rigorous, solution-focused manner. But it doesn't quite have the same feel out here in the flatlands of Indiana as it would in the Alleghenys or Adirondacks of NY. I administered a "wilderness challenge" program back in the days--1980-1983--when I was working at a Boys and Girls Club. We spent week ends at Letchworth with forgive the expression-city kids-I have to admit Letchworth State Park can't compete with the Colorado Rockies. Your ideas for integrating adventure activities is something that we have not taken the next step into a therapy, but something we have done here in Indy for esteem-building (forgive the worn out phrase) , team building and fun out here in Indiana. The Boys and Girls Club camp has a high ropes course--I facilitate the small group discussions pre-post the trips up the trees and the repelling. Its fun to hear and see the kids congratulate themselves on their achievements.! Have you hiked the Adirondacks yet? or the Appalachian trail? Or have you been too busy building up the new Nazareth program? Thanks for allowing me to have a "peak" into your world! Marie Watkins
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998  
Carol Sabo
Comment:Well, first of all, my son's name is Christian and it's a powerful name. He's only five but has an incredible heart and insight. So , I know you're all right! Just happened upon your webpage- I haven't read through all the info you've given but my first thought was Right on- a kindred spirit! I am a strong proponent of practitioners being aware of the link between physical wellness and mental well being. You are definitely on the right track- It is a practice that I have used frequently with my work with adolescents- living in Cape May with a wealth of natural beauty - it's easy to do. I'll email you again after I read on- Glad I found this site.
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998
Deborah Oney
Comment:Interesting website. Did not really know about adventure based practice before. Since you may and other social workers have patients who are affected by Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, I think you'll find the 2 websites I will include at the end of this entry worthy of posting on your website., Affected people can be CJD victims, family members of victims, people at risk for CJD due to a genetic mutation or prior medical procedures, and people who have received notices that the blood products that they or their children received were withdrawn from the market due to theoretical CJD risk. One strain nvCJD is linked to Mad Cow Disease in England. In a Yale University study 13% of Alzheimer patients were found on autopsy to have CJD. The first website is my website Blood Recall/Withdrawal - CJD, the URL of which I have already listed. The Blood-Recall Withdrawal - CJD website is the website of the Blood-CJD e-mail support/discussion group. The website has information on CJD. Blood-CJD was formed to meet the support needs of people who had received notices that the blood products that they, or their children, received, or that was used in the InVitro Fertilization culture that produced their chidren, were withdrawn from the market because a member of the donor pool died of CJD or was at risk for the disease. Studies are currently being conducted to determine if CJD is transmitted to humans through blood. The infectious agent has been found in blood but there have been no documented cases of blood transmission of CJD in humans. While the risk may be theoretical, the anxiety caused by getting such a notice is real. The Blood Recall/Withdrawal - CJD website is at If interested people have The second website is The Many Faces of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease website is a collection of personal stories that put a face on CJD. People tell how it affects their loved ones and how it affects them. They describe early symptoms and progression of the disease. There are currently 27 stories (25 about people who died of CJD, one about a person who currently has CJD and one by a blood recall notification recipient.) The website is continually being updated as new stories are submitted.. The Many Faces of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease website is at Debbie
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998
Julia Weaver
Comment:Loved your site, very comprehensive. I am searching for activities to use at The Center for Creative Leadership. I am in charge of our experietial activities and making the linkages between the learnings and the activities. I was interested to see that you are a Cornell alum. I was an asst women's basketabll coach there from 90-95. A great place, but now I am back in NC. I am new to this field and I am trying to learn as much as possible to help our organization. I have a PE background, fitness, health and with my coaching experience it seemed like a good fit. However, I have lots to learn. Glad I found your site. Thanks! I am not sure how to link to your chat, but would like to sometime. I will mark this page as one of my faves.
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998
Comment:Nice site! Thanks for pulling all these links together so well. I'm not here much, but just scanning the links list spurs me on towards growing everyday! I'll be back.
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998
Christine M. Kempkes
Comment:Dear Christin, Your website is outstanding. The personal touch makes the website enjoyable and eduational. I have been on the Adventure Therapy list serv for about a month or so now and enjoy it immensely. I am a second year MSW/Criminal Justice student at SUNY Albany and have not participated in the general chat yet, but have contacted individuals through the list that I think have similar adventure therapy interests as myself. I am writing a paper for a family violence couse on using adventure therapy with childern who have been abused or neglectd. I have scoured the printed research and web sites, and am having a hard time finding a program that specifically works with abused or neglected children. I have found many programs and studies that state that adventure therapy works in decreasing certain acting-out, delinquint behaviors and that it helps to increase certain characteristcs that are not present in abused children (self esteem, locus of control), but I was hoping that you could give me some direction in this area. Please e mail me and let me know if you know of any specific program that works with this population or if there is any unpublished material that you are aware of that can assist me in my research. Currently my field placement is at a child and family agency in Albany. A ropes course is utilized with the children while they are in school. Some of these children are placed in a residential facility at the agency, and almost all have been abused or neglected. I am going to interview the director of the program, however, it does not seem as though much statistical information has been gathered to prove the effectiveness of the program. (ALthough there must be some evedence that it works to keep the program funded!!) In summary, I am looking for any leeds you may have in this area. I would greatly appreciate any assistance you could provide. Thanks, Christine Kempkes
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998
Jeff Grim
Comment:As an undergrad planning on going on for a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology (or MSW if that doesn't work out) I found your site very interesting. This is the first I've heard of Adventure-Based practice and I would be interested in learning more (I spent a short time in the Army and this stuff sounds like a way to combine my interests in mental health and my favorite parts of my Army training). Any information you can give me would be great (I live in Maryland). Thanks.
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 1998
Brian Lisson
Comment:Great Site Christian. Thanks for posting the information from your presentation at AEE. Brian
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998
John McGirr
Comment:Rehab Supervisor at a state Residential facility in Ct.Just putting the nfinishing touches on a grant to construct a low ropes course. I love the expanding knowledge and attitude about experiential/Inititatives, the kids at my place love it. Send me any possible grant/ foundation info thanks and keep up the positive work John...
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998
Ted Gennerman
Comment:I am a Psychologist and ropes course supervisor for the Milwaukee Public School system. I am currently finishing my Ph.D. at Marquette University. My dissertation relates to adventure programming with students with physical disabilities.
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998
libby hayes
Comment:Have a class w/ C. Goodluck @NAU. She gave me your web page address. It has been very helpful, thank you!
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998
Janine Papadopoulos
Comment:Wow, you have put a lot of work into these pages. I am very impressed. I have also printed out some of your information. the reason being is that I am a return to school grad. student at the Univeristy of New Brunsick. I am working on a Master's Degree in Adult Education. My area of expertise is adventure based counselling, outdoor skills, teaching, facilitating, outdoor recreating, and sharing my love for the out of doors with other people. My project that I am about to get my feet very wet with is to develop an accreditted Adventure Therapy post-graduate degree certificate. I am just starting in on gathering information on what people are doing in this field. I am a member of AEE and have been to three conferences. I would like to know if it is possible to coorespond with you related to finding out information about the adventure therapy field or if you know of people that can give me information. So is it possible? I will write more later. bye for now, Janine P.S. my passion relates to back country skiing both alpine touring and telemark skiing. I am a white water canoe instructor and after moving here to New Brunswick I have become an enthusiasic sea kayaker.
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998
Martha Hotchkiss
Comment:really useful website! Thanks so much for making these resources available
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998
Annie Warner
Comment:Hello,I found your web page to be very eclectic.I am a graduate student and was wondering if you could help me find resources on the internet to do my research papers. I am not very computer literate, but am willing to learn. Everytime I access libraries I get stopped. Any suggestions/ideas/ information I would greatly appreciate it. Go Social Workers GO.
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998
Traci Rogalis -Project Adventure
Comment:Hey Christian , Great Web Page! I spoke to you on the phone a month or so back. Let me know if you still need help with the TAPG newsletter. Take care, Traci
Date:Wed, 07 Oct 1998
Phil Howlett
Comment:Dr. Itin - or should I say, "Dr. Adventure"! I am a Youth Worker with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. I work at a 120 bed secure custody youth facility. I have been on the front-line for nearly 10 years. My Superintendant (17 years in adult corrections) calls me "a bleeding heart social worker", but the kids know what I'm all about. I am completing my M.Ed. (Counselling) part-time at Acadia University, and have only 3 credit hours to complete. I was enrolled "The Contemplative Practitioner" - a practical meditative program taught by Boulder ex-patriate Dr. Timothy Walker, but I chose to withdraw (in a moment of clarity) as I was deeply engrossed in developing an adventure-based therapeutic camping program for at-risk youth here in Nova Scotia. I took outdoor education courses under the guidance of Dr. Tony Richards at Dalhousie many, many years ago, but I am anticipating getting back into the field (pardon the pun) very soon. I am trying to put together two models that will serve: 1) Alternative school students - those who have left the educational mainstream but are still attending a "school" per se, and 2) a residential camping program that operates on a 90 day cycle. 2 weeks pre-camp (screening/assessment), 28 day wilderness immersion, 45 day community follow up (service learning, individual/group/family counselling sessions, etc). I would appreciate any information that you might pass on re: these kinds of programs. I just put a posting on the AEE listserve, but I have been meaning to contact you for some time ... as tomorrow is my 40th birthday, there's no time like the "present"! I will not be attending this year's AEE conference - too far, too little $$$ - but I look forward to bending your ear (and perhaps bending an elbow) at your favorite blues club in Rochester. I can drive that far - in fact, I made the trip to Project DARE in South River, Ontario in August! I will not take any more of your time - I just wanted to thank you for all your work. If you ever come to Nova Scotia, please look me up. Continued success, Phil Howlett St. Croix, Nova Scotia
Date: Sat, 03 Oct 1998  
Comment:I love your page. I am very interested in experiantial learning because I trully believe in it. In my country (Malaysia) Outward Bound School intrdoduced this form of training in the 50's but it has not caught up very well presently. (My opinion) There are probably about a dozen people providing this form of training for corporate and I am one of them started two years ago. Just want to thank you for providing all the useful information. I will try to assist the Experiential learning community in any way I can. Thank you. Best regards shan
Date: Sat, 03 Oct 1998
Comment:Hi! It is a very useful and valuable resource for me to know more about adventure.
Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998
Dorothy Badry,MSW, Specialization: Rehabilitation
Comment:What a great website! I work in the area of child welfare and am the single mom of a 9 year old girl with a rare mitochondrial disorder. I also co-teach the introductory courses in disability at our local college and university. Life is an adventure. I came across a great website on "The Virtual Activist" which is located at: Dorothy Badry
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998  
Ken Waddell
Comment:I am a classroom teacher in Northern Ontario, Canada with a shared passion for the outdoors, adventure and experiential education and children/adolescents coping with many different challenges. I have a mainly education background with a B.A, English, B.A., Geography and a B.Ed. I am trying to find a good M.Ed. program in Canada with an Experiential based program. If you know of any, send them my way. Your web page is wonderful. People should feel more free to share themselves. Cheers! Ken
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998
Meghan Glynn
Comment:As a masters student in Human Service Administration your website allows for a great resource. Adventure Therapy has been an interest of mine since my undergraduate work at Penn State. I am now researching self-efficacy and the effects adventure programming has on adolescents related to this subject. This field excites me and I hope to add to the research and practice to support its continued growth. Thanks! :)
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998
Comment:Just checking out your site!! I feel like I am invading your privacy, but I guess if it is on the internet, it isn't private!! LOL By the looks of it, you have been pretty busy!! Didn't have time to read all of your site because I have this assignment in my research class that is taking up ALL of my time!! LOL LOL (just kidding!) Kathy
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998  
Kris Fowler
Comment:I participated in a Wilderness Education Association course in 1988 through Weslyen college in Middlebury, CT. The one month national standards program was an outstanding introduction to experiential education. Now, I work at NC State University as an administrator (undergraduate student recruitment and educational outreach) in the College of Forest Resources. I earned my B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in 1991 and am currently about half way through a Masters Program focusing on tourism and marketing. The WEA experience was to say the least, life changing. I think that the program and the experience generated a sureness in me that has allowed me to excel professionally and personally. Thanks for the guest book that is part of your page. I hope to learn much more about the experiential education process and its applications. Thanks, Kris
Date: Sat, 08 Aug 1998  
Comment:Lots of resources here! I am a practicing LSW with the Department on Aging also pursuing a law degree. My primary area is Elder Abuse/Domestic Violence. Any new resources you may have would be appreciated!
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998
Jeff Diaz
Comment:I appreciated the help. Thanks
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998  
Laura Ellison
Comment:I am interested in learning about this area of social work, but have little training besides a love for the outdoors and its activities. I have an MSW and in less than a year, I'll be licensed. I guess I'm looking for info. and direction.
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 1998  
melissa sackett
Comment:Great site. Keep up the great work. It is a good way to keep me inspired so i can continue to inspire others, or at least try to inspire others.
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998  
Comment:I enjoyed your site!
Comment:MAR-VEL-LOUS! Being an inexperienced operator, I found your website quite informative and will no doubt visit again.
Johnny Johnson
Comment:This is a great resource for someone like myself who is really just beginning in the area of Adventure Education. We are just starting to broaden our teaching in Adventure Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. We are starting by putting in a new indoor climbing wall. I am excited about this subject. Thanks for the help learning.
Alanna Jones
Comment: his is a great site! You may be interested in our new Therapeutic Activities and Games (TAG) website We provide therapeutic resources with free monthly games on our site. Please review our page and link us to your site if you feel it is of interest to you and your audience. If you have any questions please Email me. Thank you, Alanna Jones - Rec Room Publishing
Steven Lim
Comment:Hi, I'm a volunteer organising camps for the youths in my estate. We've never had any 'serious' plans or anything and has been designing/modifying situational tests... I reached your page from links starting from AEE... than'x for the great resource... greatly appreciated. Steven
Tanjariitta Anttila
Comment:I just recently joined the Social Workers and Adventure Based Practice List and that is how I "met" you. Being curious, I decided to browse around at your site, and frankly, I am a bit overwhelmed with everything you have done, are doing, above all, are obivously very passionate and serious about!!! It is refreshing and reassuring to find people like yourself who are out there "doing it". I'm still in school for my MSW and dreaming about all the things you are accomplishing on a daily basis!!! Thank you for inspiring me!
Nissen Frishman a social worker stuck in the new york city shool son just received his masters from u of g and suggested that i seek you out. I have worked in the field for 26 yrs and am willing to learn.(an old dog and new tricks )both my son and i are passionate about our work and i respecy his opinions. Soooo I'll look around and tell you what i think. Take care for now loving your website, my son studied under dr gillis and works at weidiko in NH.  
Jeffrey T. Guterman, Ph.D.
Comment:Informative site. Check out "The Counseling Zone" at the URL above.  
Dene Berman
Comment:Wow!!! Now I know what you've been doing for millions of hours. Nice job putting the preconference on the TAPG page!
John Bucholtz
Comment:Christian- Your site is thorough. I'm going to have to explore more specific areas of adv. based parctice. I'm not dissuaded..yet. John
Comment: Your work is Incredible! I worked with Marine Institues and I am interested in experiential education. I hope to learn more from your resources. I will find the links to the Marine Institutes, to send to you - they work with adjucated kids using wilderness therapy. I taught biology, swimming instruction, wilderness management, etc. Residing in South Carolina, I hope to move to Colorado for my masters in Social Work, -encourage me! I am taking my time. I just canceled a professional social workers course/visit to Russia to spend time with my father. I plan to run a Marathon in his behalf during the summer solstice in Alaska. I love to travel and would like to change the present condition in the schools here in SC. Developing a mentoring program through the Medical University in Charleston is a possibility, yet life gives me many of those tasks to prevail. That's enough about me. My mother lives and works in Denver, CO. This August I am taking a youth group for a week of wilderness/spirituality therapy. I hope to be able to contact you then. In the mean time, good luck with all your endeavors.
Sharon Gagne
Comment: I think that this web site is awesome! I recently obtained my Masters in Counseling with a specializtion in child welfare. I am in the process of working on getting training to use adventure therapy through Project Adventure. I am doing an independent study on adventure based counseling programs that have been set up in CT. Some of the things that I am looking at are to see how the program is set up, how it is run, what training the staff has, what elelments they they ect.. What I am hoping to do in the long run is to set up a program at a school in Hartford,CT for at-risk kids, that I am presently working at. If you know of anyone that I should contact in CT to help me with this I would appreciate it. Thanks and HAVE A GREAT DAY!!
Mak Shuk Wa, Cherry
Comment: It is very resourceful web site. I recognise more the adventure counseling in USA.
Amy Trenholm
Comment: Christian - I very much enjoyed your web site. Your passion and conviction are truly an inspiration to all. May those qualities always shine bright in you.
Comment: Christian, Happened to be surfing and came upon your page - you sound like such a great guy - have we met before! :) Now I have all of the scoop on you beyond what ICQ gave me. You have an incredible resume - very impressive. I'd be interested in reading some of the material that you have published. Talk to you soon on ICQ - thanks for the visit! Lara
Talisa Gula
Comment: hello, i really enjoyed your wed site . you are quite an inspiration and i love your passion for adventure. i'm seeking advice. i'm interested in pursuing a masters in adventure therapy and do not know where to go. i'm aware that georgia college will be dropping their program for next fall. that is too bad. i have an undergrad in outdoor and environmental ed from Acadia university in Nova Scotia Canada. Will you please tell me a route to take in order to become an accredited Adventure Therapist. thank you Talisa Gula (nickname Tee:)
lynda (terra firma)
Comment: Great to accidently find your page. Seeking more info regarding graduate programs (MA,MS,&PhD) in adventure therapy
Joseph Mancini
Comment: Interesting mission and ideas, please keep me informed of your progress and ideas and anything I can provide
Rob Sveen
Comment: What would Milton Erikson say? Nice work mate. Talk to you soon.

Jeff Cox
Comment: I am completing a MSW in social work from Salem State College in Massachusetts this Spring. I really like your interest. I hope to work for CityYear when I graduate ( Is completing a PhD a good idea?

Christine Lynn
Comment: Wow! Soooo good to finally access your web site. I, too, am a social worker, experiential educator, and adventure therapist...though currently, I am completeting my MS in Ex. Ed. at Mankato State University.

In the meantime, I am working at a public middle school in the Dean of Student's office, dealing with the kids who get in trouble. I love the kids, but the sytem is stiffling at times. Still, I'm trying not to complain, but work to affect positive change where I can. (Can you tell I'm kinda frustrated?!)

I graduated in June of 1997 with an M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. My focus was clinical social work, combining direct clinical services for families and children, and community organizing. I was an Eleanor Brink Family Support Fellow, and worked with a small group of SSA students, studying and applying the Family Support approach.

All of my practical social work experience has always been in the context of adventure based therapy. Salesmanship Club Youth Camp in TX, the Hyde School in ME, the Princeton-Blairstown Center in NJ, etc.

It's funny that you're a big Outward Bounder...that's where a major seed was planted in my heart (I was 19; I'm now 27), and where I first saw a lot of the heart of Experiential Ed. Now, I'm realizing all of the therapeutic work that they are doing with such diverse populations, and I'm excited about it! I've even just applied to the Voyageur OB School as an asst. instructor for June-Oct.

I'd really love to continue a dialogue with you and get hooked up with more experientially minded social workers. Ours is a profession filled with bureacracy and burnout, in dire need of energy and adventure!

Hope to
Jack & Donna Hamilton
Comment: Christian, I'm quite impressed. Thanks for the visit. Jack
Footbag Peace Initiative
Comment: Christian, Here's a social work related resource you may be interested in linking to. Love your site and the connections it provides!

I work with at risk youth using sports, craft and peer education -- using the popular, aerobic sport of "footbag", (known widely as "hacky sack") and the zen craft of footbag making to teach, counsel and mentor at-risk teens as well as to use this sport as a vehicle to promote non-violence and "cultural healing" in the world at large.

This enterprise began as a (88-89) friendship expedition of five American "hack" athletes and peace activists and a filmmaker who journeyed through conflict zones of Guatemala and Nicaragua performing and teaching footbag. Today, the Footbag Peace Initiative is a loose afiliation of footbaggers, teachers, social workers, athletes, sack makers, teens, and others who share the joyous bond of footbag and who use this sport in their work with people.

Those interested in footbag as well as experiential education, youth activism and advocacy, violence prevention curriculum, craftwork, peacework, Central America or global education... will find information,
discussion, pictures as well as extensive links to resources further on. I hope you will visit and pass the URL along.

Dan Botkin, LSW
The Social Work Cafe
Comment: Hello fellow social work ring member!

My name is Tobi Shane, Webmaster of the Social Work Cafe. I am really impressed by your website's material on social work and adventure based therapies. I am an undergraduate at Loyola University Chicago, and your site reminds me of all of the experiences I have yet to...well experience!! Your website is a terrific learning tool and has a wonderful design! Bravo!!

I can see myself spending many hours reading through your pages and exploring your links. Thank You for your efforts!!!
Comment: Hello, great site! I am a chold care counsellor in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and I am currently trying to develop an adventure based adventure counselling program within my school.I work in a specialized treatment school for at risk teens, who are challenged emotionally, socially and behaviourally. Adventure ed. is quite unknown here, and I am looking for resources or contacts in existing programs, for help in my curriculum development and my own self knowledge. Any suggestions on where to aim my mouse pad? Thanks, and Merry Christmas.
Janet Williams
Comment: Hi Christian. Great home page. I found everything about you - except your picture!

Keep up the good work.
C. L. Simmons
Hi Ring Neighbor!

Comment: Was just looking into your site, and can really appreciate your page of group activities! Thank you (and contributors) for your ideas and efforts. Happy Holidays!
Charlotte Goodluck
Comment: Hi there classmate of DU..I love your web page I am having one made by the university and it should be up by the end of December----with my picture an ole one before the phd program and eating my way through all the books, classes, etc.

Oh well, I like the look of the webpage and your comments are so welcoming have a great end of the quater and get some rest and play, play

if you see any of our buddies give them my regards I hope to defend in March during our spring break and Tina and I will both come this of course depends on if Jim lets me schedule it then so say a prayer for that outcome

do you ever see Felix, Judy?



happy webbing around the world
Deirdre West
Comment: Christian, Great Page, I currently am the only social worker at an adventure based therapy agency in southern NH. I am in my second year of graduate school at Boston University School of Social Work, and am doing a research project on the effects of the program I am working in. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the information you provided on your page.
Thanks, it was a great resource!
Mr.Lee Ming Wai Joannes
Comment: Your site has been stimulating. I myself is trying to develop adventure based counselling services in Hong Kong and I am looking for helpful guidance.
Sam Sikes
Comment: I really like your new site. It's always encouraging to see the quality of a Macintosh in action. Keep up the good work as you increase access of people to others.
Sam Sikes
John Nicholson
Comment: I enjoy your site. Thanks for the pat on the back about the great egg drop in your activities page. I like having an activities page. I plan on adding to it often, whenever I get the time to put the many games I play in print. I am not a social worker, but I do work with children. I've worked for Girls Incorporated for the past ten years and have been doing adventure programs for the past five years. I am also a builder of challenge courses, so if there are any more of like me out there, contact me. I hope to get on the live chat line on Wed. Hope to talk to you then.
steve bowles
Comment: With such a good page and all what do you do in your spare time. Thanks for your energy.

i hope to help in some small ways soon to get a sociological support for our work. That may mean some interesting debate but in the end i have hope .
news ready soon on new site for European Institute of oae. best wishes steve b.
Rob Benson
Comment: Very nice site Christian. Checked it out because of the promise of finding an activities site. If it's OK with you I'd like to reference your site on mine. And I appreciate your posts to the list -- very thoughtful.
Barbara Kawliche
You have a very useful page. I was looking for some more activity links and was pleased to find that you have linked to my site. Thanks.
Michael Jowett
Comment: G'day Christian

Very useful information. Your input on the AEE list is always worth a read. I'm relatively new to the net discussion and social work. I think I'm still struggling with the concept of being a "social worker" although in reality that is what I've been doing for 8 years or so. Must be something to do with the image of social worker as meddler!

I'm running a pilot program in rural and remote inland Australia. The project aims to research and develop strategies to address youth homelessness. At this stage the program is working in Early intervention and prevention. The preventative strategies have ranged from raising community awareness of youth homelessness issues to the development of radio plays by young people and involvement in various activities such as Student Representative Council Conferences where I've run games framed around the issues leading to Youth Homelessness. Games, Initiatives and fun tend to be a large part of prevention. We've even had cause to import portable climbing walls as there is not a great vertical element here.

The early intervention models are mostly Family mediation and Solution Focussed practice.

I look forward to more lively debate on the AEE list.

Thank you for your inspired work.


Jim Moore
Comment: Great resources on qualitative research Christian. Thanks. My research students will benefit.
Jim Moore
Laurie Macdonald Carpenter
Comment: As a silent observer of the AEE list, I am always delighted to see one of your posts, for you seem to be ever-diplomatic and empathitic to all.
You have also raised some very important issues for the list users to discuss, and I appreciate that.
Roger Greenaway
Comment: An excellent links page that will help me on my journey through cyberspace. Also some ideas about how I can tidy up my own (new) site. I have copied bits of my books onto my site. If you visit, add /strategy.htm to find the page that is possibly closest to your own interests. I am an AEE member. I enjoyed the Nova Scotia conference and I look forward to attending others.
Michele Lord
Comment: I am currently the only social worker employed at an experiential education program developed to intervene with 'disruptive' middle/ junior high school students. We are located in Brevard County, Florida (famous for the space shuttle). Our program is brand new and I would appreciate any resources that could bring assistance to this program. Thank You.
Julie Graves
Comment: Great page Christian. Look forward to meeting you in Asheville.
Jim Moore
Comment: Thought I'd check out your home page on a PC - trying to find the Florida professor's page to download some of his research course homework and assignment stuff. I'm impressed with you page and with the classes you're teaching. Keep up the exciting work.